Better Business Bureau Report for
IMPACT Chicago Self-Defense

Better Business Bureau Report issued August 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires August 2015

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Charity Contact Information

Name: IMPACT Chicago Self-Defense
Address: 4770 N. Lincoln Ave #6
  Chicago, IL 60625
Phone: 773-561-9000
Web Address:
Also known as:IMPACT Chicago
IMPACT Self-defense
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Self-Empowerment Group
Model Mugging

Year, State Incorporated: 1987, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: IMPACT Chicago teaches self-defense to women and girls so they can prevent, minimize, and stop violence.

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Evaluation Conclusions


IMPACT Chicago Self-Defense meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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IMPACT is a personal safety, assertiveness and self-defense training program. It is part of a comprehensive effort to prevent sexual assault and other acts of interpersonal violence and boundary violations. IMPACT Chicago is a member of IMPACT International, an international affiliation of independent chapters.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, IMPACT Chicago Self-Defense's program expenses were:

Program Service Expense 47,802
Total Program Expenses: $47,802
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Chief Executive : Martha Thompson, Director

Chair of the Board: Clara Orban, Ph.D.
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: University Professor and Department Chair

Board Size: 7

Paid Staff Size: 9

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet, cause-related marketing, membership
Fund raising costs were 10% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $30,403, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on IMPACT Chicago Self-Defense's IRS Form 990-EZ for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Program Service Revenue 37,821
Contributions and Grants 30,403
Other Revenue 3,210
Total Income $71,434


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 69%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative: 25%  Other Expenses: 2%

Total income $71,434
Program expenses $47,802
Fund raising expenses 3,000
Administrative expenses 17,186
Other Expenses 1,578
Total expenses $69,566
Income in Excess of Expenses 1,868
Beginning net assets 54,211
Ending net assets 56,079
Total liabilities 0
Total assets $56,079

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